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Weather may have caused
fatal helicopter crash:
Expert

Weather may have caused fatal helicopter crash: ExpertAccording to a weather expert, the fatal Wednesday helicopter crash in Bitung, North Sulawesi, that left 10 people dead, was most probably caused by a sudden change in weather conditions.The PK FUG/BELL 412 helicopter took off from Sam Ratulangi Airport in Manado in good weather conditions, according to Herry Sikado, the general manager of airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I.However, around five minutes later, at 2.26 p.m. on Wednesday, the helicopter, carrying eight passengers and two crew members, lost contact with the airport.Sam Ratulangi meteorology station chief Ahmad Mujahidin said poor weather, with thick Nimbocumulus clouds and thunder, often suddenly occurred in Dimembe, where the incident took place.“That kind of weather is indeed unsuitable for helicopter to fly in. Pilots usually avoid it,” Ahmad said, as quoted by tempointeraktif.com. He reiterated that at 2 p.m., just before the helicopter took off, the weather had been fine.

According to a weather expert, the fatal Wednesday helicopter crash in Bitung, North Sulawesi, that left 10 people dead, was most probably caused by a sudden change in weather conditions.

The PK FUG/BELL 412 helicopter took off from Sam Ratulangi Airport in Manado in good weather conditions, according to Herry Sikado, the general manager of airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I.

However, around five minutes later, at 2.26 p.m. on Wednesday, the helicopter, carrying eight passengers and two crew members, lost contact with the airport.

Sam Ratulangi meteorology station chief Ahmad Mujahidin said poor weather, with thick Nimbocumulus clouds and thunder, indeed suddenly occurred in Dimembe, where the incident took place.

“That kind of weather is indeed unsuitable for helicopter to fly in. Pilots usually avoid it,” Ahmad said Thursday, as quoted by tempointeraktif.com

He reiterated that at 2 p.m., just before the helicopter took off, the weather had been fine.

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